“Garriga has instantly established himself as both a master of that profoundly modern literary form, the short short story, and a master of the human condition,” says Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler. “The Book of Duels is one of the most extraordinary first books of fiction I’ve ever read.”
Garriga’s works have been published in New Letters,Black Warrior Review,storySouth and the Southern Review. His first book, The Book of Duels, explores what becomes of the human spirit during the most famous duels in history, including John Henry’s race against the steam engine and the infamous duel between Burr and Hamilton.
Garriga’s background has contributed to the creativity in his writing. Garriga has worked as a soundman in a blues bar, a shrimp picker and a bartender. Currently an assistant professor of English at Baldwin Wallace University, Garriga earned his Ph.D. from Florida State University and specializes in creative writing, history of the novel, Southern literature, crime fiction and gender studies.
The event is free and open to the public and will be held in Hayden Hall, room 100. M.A.R.S. is co-sponsored by the College’s English department and the School of Arts.